Deece Eckstein, Intergovernmental Relations Officer

Deece Eckstein is the Intergovernmental Relations Officer for Travis County, Texas. He’s been an insider in local and state politics in Texas for over twenty years.

During that time, he amassed a distinguished record as a policy guru and public servant, including three years as a senior policy advisor to Governor Ann Richards, who also appointed him to the State Board of Insurance, and six years as the chief of staff to State Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston. He is well-respected for his knowledge of the legislative process in general, and the procedural rules of the Senate in particular.

Deece also serves as an adjunct faculty member at St. Edward’s University, where he teaches a popular course in political campaign management.

Deece grew up in San Antonio and was a member of the Marianist religious order for ten years. He attended the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s University and the University of Texas School of Law.

Julie Wheeler, Intergovernmental Relations Specialist

Julie Wheeler first joined Travis County as the Constituent Relations Director for former Precinct Three County Commissioner Karen Huber. In January 2013, she transitioned to Travis County’s Intergovernmental Relations Office where she assists with the creation and execution of Travis County’s state and federal legislative agendas.

Julie has interned at the Hope Alliance, a non-profit which works with individuals who have experienced family and sexual violence. While at the Hope Alliance, she provided counseling to both adolescent and adult survivors of domestic abuse. Julie has also interned for the Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition (TECEC), a former non-profit devoted to building high-quality early childhood education across Texas. At TECEC, Julie coordinated outreach and advocacy efforts for its statewide public awareness campaign and researched issues related to the agency’s legislative agenda.

Julie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.

IGR Staff

IGR Officer
Deece Eckstein

IGR Specialist
Julie Wheeler

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